Deadly shots fired as kids celebrate nearby at back-to-school cookout

Fatal shooting in Houston Moore on August 16, 2018. (Photo: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at the Houston Moore housing complex in Wilmington where a back-to-school cookout was taking place only blocks away.

Wilmington Police say the shooting happened Thursday evening on 13th and Greenfield streets around 5:30 p.m.

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New Hanover County Schools says Alderman Elementary and Myrtle Grove Middle School were having a cookout for students and their families who live at Houston Moore.

New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley posted a photo on Twitter of the cookout around 2:15 p.m.

The school system said that shots were fired two block away on the 15th Street side while the cookout was happening on 13th Street near Board Center around 5:30 p.m.

No students or staff were injured or involved, according to the post.

Police are still searching for the shooting suspect.

If you have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip.